Illustrator and graphic artist Gustavo Dao has done the unthinkable- Created a quilt stitched together entirely from porn magazines. Made using his mother’s classic quilting pattern, this king-sized throw is actually ‘stitched’ together with Scotch tape, and assembled from hundreds of illustrations snipped from the pages of vintage hardcore porn magazines.
In creating this monstrosity, Gustavo’s taken the quintessential expression of American innocence and turned it into something debauched and debased - and, as with all things debauched and debased, Jacques Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Danielle Leder was all over it.
Danielle Leder for Jacques (JQ)
JQ: What’s up! Send me the link to your site.
JQ: How fun.
Gustavo: AUjuaJUAjuAjuAjuaJA. Yeah cargo is what's up, its an easier way to have your stuff updated, I am a complete web dummy
JQ: So what do you consider yourself?
Gustavo: So I am allergic to that word "artist". I like to think myself as an illustrator, but I am allergic to that also I am not comfortable saying I am this or that... too young and I don’t know half of the trade always learning kind of thing. Never absolutes.
JQ: But don't you think that’s a good thing? Always learning?
Gustavo: Yeah of course, I mean I always have to better myself - read more, do more exercise, etc. Learn a new language AjjuaJUAjuAju. Never do it but its on the back of my head.
JQ: But at what point do you think you'll call yourself an artist? Do you plan on learning all the secrets of the world one day and then you can call your self an artist...?
Gustavo: Naaaaaah I just think it’s saying something that you are without having traveled the road or something. I always thought it was funny people who study art are not artist necessarily right? I bet there’s some like C- doctors in the world and they call themselves Dr. -So I guess its all good.
JQ: Do you consider yourself a pervert? A lot of your work has a lot of sex, tits and dicks...
Gustavo: UJAuajuaujajuJUaAJ - not a pervert. I think perverts are akward about their desire; I'm totally cool with it. I don’t hide it, I like sex a lot!! A LOT!
JQ: Well I love your work, and I feel your style of illustration is that of "grotesque" nature. Meaning your bodies are imperfect, the parts that people tend to obsess over are the parts you tend to draw with imperfections… does this mean you like dirty sex Gustavo?
Gustavo: Are you gonna ask me if that’s like a reflection of my brain or something like that? JjuAjuaJUajuajuajuauJAjuajJjuAjuaJUajuajuajuauJAjuajJjuAjuaJUajuajuajuauJAjuaj. I mean I sometimes not sure if I know the differences between SEX.
JQ: Explain further
Gustavo: you learn sex from porn at least my generation did right. So I came loaded with "moves" JAJUaJUajuajuaj
JQ: Not sure... I learned sex in the back of a truck.
Gustavo: Yeah I guess I saw lots of porn before I ever really had sex that what I mean when I say I was "loaded with moves" and ideas of how sex is nowadays
JQ: So you're one of those corrupt types.
Gustavo: I don’t know if I'm Fucking or making love or is it different and shit like that is it really different? Maybe I'm sounding naive...
JQ: Do you consider yourself desensitized?
Gustavo: No way, not at all... I mean not towards sex.
Gustavo: Or anything, why would you think that?
JQ: Cause I look at your work and see no filter.
Gustavo: I mean as less sensitive to sex?
JQ: Or is it an outlet?
Gustavo: How do you mean?
JQ: And I'm talking brain... not physical
Gustavo: The thing is that I am thinking about it all the time, so all my associations are with sex or drugs.
JQ: So were you thinking about sex when we first met?
Gustavo: Well it’s like first day of school or class, right, you never know who you’re gonna meet and it’s exciting. Now I don’t know if that’s sexual but it does get me excited but yeah probably was. Do you think of sex all the time?
JQ: Ha. I'm constantly thinking about sex... So I'm not judging. I like to guess the penis sizes of strangers, if I ask to see your hand. That's what I'm doing besides reading your palm. I'm quite decent at both.
JQ: It's a fun game. We should do it sometime.
Gustavo: JAjuajuAaj - I do the “I bet her pussy stinks” game.
JQ: I want to sit in a coffee shop take a guess and ask the guy to show me his cock in the bathroom. - So great! We can do both.
Gustavo: I think there’s a lot of model and actresses that I’m pretty sure that their pussy is super smelly.
JQ: I like that coffee shop you took me to. We can do it there.
JQ: Does that turn you on?
Gustavo: What? Dicks?
JQ: I dated a guy once who was into that- no smelly pussies
Gustavo: Well I’m super into pussy and ass and shit like that.
JQ: So tell me about your porn quilt
Gustavo: so what do you wanna know about this quilt?
JQ: Well... only you could take the one last remaining pure thing on earth- grandma's quilt- and desecrate it.
Gustavo: JajuajuajuAauJ. Yeah my mom made me that quilt design and it was the quilt I always use, so when I would masturbate as a kid I would be like humping and shit, I wouldn't stroke - never digged the idea of having a dick in my hand while getting turned on or something like that. So I would hump my pillows.
JQ: And your moms quilt.
Gustavo: And I would use the quilt to not let the cum fall on the sheets and stain them.
JQ: So do you still hump your sheets?
Gustavo: It's kinda embarrassing to leave cum stains on your sheets and pillows. Yeah I mean I change it up...this interview is strange.
JQ: Have you ever humped a tablecloth?
Gustavo: your gonna let me read this shit before it goes out right? JaJUajuajuauJU - I mean I would hump anything that’s is soft … JUAjuajuajuauJUajuajuaju (this story is fucking old) and all my family makes fun of me because they’ve all caught me masturbating numerous times, so since I was a little tiny kid I had this humpty dumpty stuffed animal toy or whatever
JQ: Can we make this a short film?
Gustavo: I would hump reading He-Man comic books that the toy would bring. I liked She-Ra. What the kid-humping story?
JQ: Yes – the kid humping story.
Gustavo: It was strange cause I know I wasn’t embarrassed at first when they first caught me I had a name for it...MINKA!
JQ: Was this in Venezuela?
Gustavo: jijiji AjjuAjuAjuAJUAJAJUA . I don’t know nothing its a made up word.
JQ: Wait... you called masturbating Minka?
Gustavo: It was the action of raping my humpty dumpty doll.
JQ: You know... I see a lot of humpty dumpties’ in your work... now that you mention it.
Gustavo: Really? I’ve never noticed.
JQ: Really? I see them everywhere.
Gustavo: All my friends new about this also my brother told everybody and they would make fun f me but fuck there was nothing to be embarrassed about.
JQ: When did you start drawing?
Gustavo: Since I was a kid always drew.
JQ: When did you realize you were good at it?
Gustavo: I don't know.
JQ: Or did you have to work hard at it?
Gustavo: I have an eye; I wasn’t always good, that’s true... I used to copy and do a lot of x-men shit. I liked drawing sexy comic book shit- big tits and stuff like that. It took me a while to get to where I am at now, its all about a balance and do whatever your brain tells NOT to do always contradict your impulse.
JQ: So how did you get into the illustrations?
Gustavo: Well I studied graphic design because I could make money and I went to this school that taught a little bit of everything and I always wanted to do shit just drawing never was really into the computer stuff but I saw it as steps to understand something at one point I don’t know what but something I dated my illustration teacher for 4 years she taught me everything I knew and she was like 12 years older than me!! She was great.
JQ: What else did she teach you?
Gustavo: She pushed me into this sex shit she made me realize that that’s where my brain was. JUAjuajuauJUajuaju
JQ: Leave it to the cougars...
Gustavo: Yeah and she was like my first serious relationship, etc... YAH!
JQ: How old are you?
Gustavo: She was a cradle robber I turned thirty recently 30. We had fun
JQ: Damn your old.
Gustavo: AjuAjuajuajuauauJUAjuAjuAjuAju NOOOOOOO Grandpa how old are you?!
Gustavo: Shit you think I’m old? NO WAY? WHAT? JajuaujAujAjuAjuajjuajuajuajuAJajuaujAujAjuAjuajjuajuajuajuAJajuaujAujAjuAjuajjuajuajuajuA
JQ: Your still older than me. What do you mean NO WAY?
Gustavo: Fuck dude yeah I guess I'm old that makes me feel bad I feel like I should’ve done more.
JQ: Who are you comparing yourself to?
Gustavo: I don't know anybody. I just feel like I wasted too much time.
JQ: Yeah... I think you’re on schedule.
Gustavo: Like 6 years doing drugs and shit.
JQ: Well if you didn't hump your pillows as a kid, you wouldn’t have all this beautiful art.
Gustavo: AjuAJUAjuajuauajJUaJUA I guess
JQ: So who ever says masturbating is a waste of time... they can suck it.
Gustavo: Yeah, I guess masturbate all you want kids!
JQ: I get some of my best ideas with a dick in one hand and a dildo in another.
Gustavo: auJUaujajujuaajAJ great! Even with your hands full. I think about sex even when I’m having sex. JAujAjuauj
JQ: How does that work?
JQ: I picture you artists having to stop so you can draw something
Gustavo: Like what moves you wanna do, going thru the mental archives and shiiit! Nooooo. I’m super focused.
JQ: Can you do a series for me where you were having sex when you did them
Gustavo: I've always wanted to draw live sex. I once told the cougar to do it.
JQ: Well, I meant more like you're actually participating and drawing at the same time.
Gustavo: But then I think I would’ve gotten mad! But I was willing to try...
JQ: Your girlfriend’s ass in the air and a sketch pad on her back...
Gustavo: I don’t think she would be into it.
JQ: Well on that note this is Jacques signing off.
Gustavo: Cool Boss.